Artist Newsday was in full effect today and in the news? It’s Lauren Daigle and Tasha Layton!
This past weekend two-time GRAMMY Award winner and multi-platinum selling recording artist Lauren Daigle celebrated a long-awaited return to her hometown by giving $375,000 to five New Orleans organizations close to her heart. The non-profits, KidSmart, NOCCA, Ellis Marsalis Center, Roots Music, and Young Audiences of Louisiana, all work to provide at-risk youth with resources to succeed through music/art education, food support, and literacy.
Lauren Daigle released her thoughts in a statement. “Thanks to everyone’s generosity, through The Price Fund we were able to give back to New Orleans in a way that will truly make an impact. All these organizations are doing so much for the community and it’s an honor to be able to help in any way possible. Knowing that the next generation of kids are able to find hope through these programs puts wind in my sails.”
Through its partnerships and outreach The Price Fund, established by Daigle in 2019, is designed to provide care for both children and the elderly as well as those in need. She is committed to investing her time and actively works to heal through various means, including work with at-risk youth. Through donations made from ticket sales alone, Daigle has donated over $1 million to various charities to date and continues to raise funds through merch and streaming.
Tasha Layton is getting into the Christmas spirit with her first ever Christmas record titled “This Is Christmas”. Her Husband who is a GRAMMY and Dove Award winner Keith Everette Smith will produce this ironically. This record will contain four original selections co-penned by Layton, as well as two Christmas classics. “This Is Christmas” is available now.
“This Is Christmas” has a wide range of seasonal songs, from lighthearted merriment to reverent of worship. Some of her notable songs in this record is an anthem of praising Christ’s humble birth in a Bethlehem stable. Another song that is featured is “Oh Holy Night” and “Comfort and Joy” reminding us of Christ’s promise of peace to a hurting world.
Here are some things that Layton said about her record. “I’ve wanted to do a Christmas record for so long,” she said. “I love this season and I think there’s never been a time our world has needed to know the Hope of Christmas more than now. For so many, the holidays can be a difficult time, but it is my prayer that through these songs listeners will be reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. My Husband is an incredible producer, and I personally think he pulls off Christmas music especially well,” She adds. “Keith and I loved working on this project together. The album is like a variety show, offering a little bit of everything stylistically. There are a few songs for churches to use during the holiday season, and some that are just plain fun!”
Praise the Lord it’s Friday! Here’s this week’s countdown:
10. Elevation Worship – Rattle 9. for King and Country – Relate 8. Tauren Wells f/Rascal Flatts – Until Grace 7. Maverick City Music – Promises 6. Jeremy Camp – When You Speal 5. Casting Crowns – Scars in Heaven 4. Tasha Layton – Look What You’ve Done 3. Anne Wilson – My Jesus 2. Matthew West – What If? 1. Phil Wickham – House of the Lord (4th week at #1)
NEW MUSIC FRIDAY – new songs added to the WNZR playlist today include:
It’s a win-win situation – If you say this, no one has won anything.
Think outside the box – This uncreative saying means you’re already stuck inside said box.
In today’s world – It means now. Say now.
Push the envelope – There is no special envelope to push. I swear
What about sports cliches?
He just caught a body – this happens when a player dunks on another player
GOAT – an acronym standing for ‘Greatest of All Time’
A win is a win – you say this when you overcome errors and turnovers to win a game
Next man up – recently been ingrained in society by notably tough coaches, who expect players to come off the bench and perform when someone gets injured
He just took him to school – This happens when an older player makes a play that a younger player hasn’t seen yet.
Since it’s Sandwich Day, we also shared our all-time best sandwiches.
Joe: Redneck Reuben Sandwich from Barnes BBQ Express in Savannah, Georgia…plenty of sliced beef brisket piled high, topped with swiss cheese, cole slaw, and a kickin’, BBQ ranch sauce on grilled Texas toast.
Dylan: Peanut Butter Banana Burger from River City Café in North Myrtle Beach, SC. Topped with creamy peanut butter, banana, and mayo.
I am, Bob Feller – congratulations to Julia from Mount Vernon, who guessed correctly and wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.
We also reflected on the Champions of Character Game that brought over 2,000 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th graders of Mount Vernon City Schools to Ariel Arena.
Jonathon’s artist news story was about We The Kingdom:
Fresh off winning Contemporary Christian Artist of the Year and Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at this year’s Dove Awards, We The Kingdom has teamed up with Dante Bowe to release a special version of the group’s chart-topping single — “God So Loved (Live),” available now. “About a month ago, we shared the live video of ‘God So Loved’ with Dante Bowe from the Worship Together Conference,” says Ed Cash. “It was such a special experience that we decided to release the audio everywhere you listen to music. It has brought us great joy getting to play this song across the country this year, and we are deeply grateful to Dante for joining us on this new version! We pray that you feel encouraged and pursued by your Heavenly Father as you listen!” Written by We The Kingdom and featured on their award-winning debut album, ‘Holy Water,’ the studio version of “God So Loved” served as the group’s second No. 1 single on the Billboard Christian Airplay chart. It was also nominated for Worship Recorded Song of the Year at this year’s Dove Awards.
Dylan’s artist news story was about NEEDTOBREATHE:
NEEDTOBREATHE is coming out with a documentary called “Into The Mystery”. This was also an album that NEEDTOBREATHE released during the summer of 2021. This documentary is going to be released in over 500 movie theaters nationwide tomorrow. This is a peak behind the curtain of what the band does during recording. This documentary is about how during the COVID-19 pandemic the band went to a historic house-turned-recording studio in remote Tennessee to work on new music. Over a three week period, the band lived at the house and made a album about the turbulent moments that were happening during that time. The documentary is about how they were dealing with fear and isolation just like everyone else. Here is what the band had to say in their own words, “We’re big fans of music documentaries where you get to actually watch the artist creating in the space where the record is made.” “Getting to see an idea stretch and grow into a finished song is really inspiring, but we’ve never really let our fans see behind the curtain. Now people will get to pull up a chair and become a part of the process as we create our eighth studio album in an old house in the hills of Tennessee.” The documentary will be in select theaters in Ohio. The closest theater the documentary will be showed at is at the Cinemark 14 Mansfield in Ontario, OH.
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